Category: Kitchen Islands

8 Kitchen Design Trends for 2014

1. Granite is on top, but quartz is catching up Some 70% of respondents see quartz countertops increasing in 2014. At the end of 2013, granite and quartz were almost tied for the top spot in countertop materials, at 91% and 90% respectively. Photo credit: Arnal Photography – Larry Arnal 2. Stainless is timeless Stainless steel […]

Client Spotlight: The Harris-Crocombe Home

Marla Harris and Richard Crocombe have lived in their Winchester home since 1997. They were never happy with their kitchen but decided that a major renovation would be too disruptive while they still had kids around. Once their youngest son went off to college, they decided it was time. The couple first heard about Custom […]

Custom Contracting’s Kitchen & Bath Design Center – Featured Kitchen

Removing a wall between kitchen and dining room created this large open kitchen. A wraparound peninsula provides workspace and additional seating for both the kitchen and dining area. Not seen is the mudroom and half bath by the rear entrance. Cabinetry is Legacy (a product of Bertch Custom), Toronto style framed full overlay door and […]

Coming Soon to a Kitchen Near You

Here’s our take on what’s shaping up to be the hottest kitchen trends for 2014. Frameless & Inset Cabinets We’ve noticed an increase in inquiries these days about frameless cabinets. This type of  cabinetry consists of a simple wood box with no frame on front. The appeal is twofold: 1) It’s a sleek, European look […]

How to Set Up a Kitchen Work Triangle

If you’re about to undertake a kitchen remodel, odds are you’ve heard a lot about the kitchen work triangle. Although it’s often hailed by designers as the best way to set up a kitchen, the concept of the kitchen work triangle can be intimidating. In reality, it’s a relatively simple idea that can save time […]

Your Kitchen: Great Backsplashes For Wood Cabinets

The kitchen backsplash selection is often left to the very end of a remodel. Don’t let it be an afterthought. Use this opportunity to personalize your space and bring together all the elements of your kitchen.After my last idea book on tile backsplashes, I received many requests for examples with wood cabinets. For those of […]

How to Design a Kitchen Island

The kitchen is one of the most complicated spaces to design in a house — and figuring out how to design an island can be confusing for homeowners. Houzz’s discussion boards are full of users asking for help on how to decide on a kitchen island size. While there’s no set formula for figuring out […]

Walk Through a Granite Countertop Installation — Showroom to Finish

Installing granite in your kitchen or bathroom is one of the best investments you can make for your home. However, it’s anything but easy. The process of choosing and installing granite can be very confusing and misleading. I’ve done a lot of granite installations and have learned how the process should work. Follow along here […]

12 Great Kitchen Styles — Which One’s for You?

Sometimes you can be surprised by the kitchen style that really calls to you. The proof is in the pictures. Style is easier to recognize with your eyes than with words: You know it when you see it, and the photo that inspires you most can often surprise you. Think you know your kitchen style? […]